Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

51-6052 Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers

Design, make, alter, repair, or fit garments.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
26,250 5.7 % $13.63 $28,360 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.48 $9.92 $12.77 $16.42 $20.21
Annual Wage (2) $17,630 $20,640 $26,560 $34,160 $42,030


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Clothing Stores 9,940 0.92 $14.32 $29,790
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 3,210 1.05 $11.55 $24,030
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 3,160 4.61 $12.35 $25,690
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 2,070 1.62 $13.34 $27,750
Department Stores 1,920 0.13 $17.29 $35,960

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 3,160 4.61 $12.35 $25,690
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 2,070 1.62 $13.34 $27,750
Other Textile Product Mills 1,010 1.61 $12.07 $25,100
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 3,210 1.05 $11.55 $24,030
Clothing Stores 9,940 0.92 $14.32 $29,790

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 90 0.01 $18.74 $38,980
Department Stores 1,920 0.13 $17.29 $35,960
Local Government (OES Designation) 40 (7) $15.75 $32,750
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 50 (7) $15.54 $32,320
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 50 0.02 $15.53 $32,310


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 3,160 0.23 1.09 $15.15 $31,520
Texas 3,090 0.31 1.49 $13.43 $27,940
New York 2,380 0.29 1.39 $16.09 $33,460
Florida 1,670 0.24 1.14 $13.05 $27,140
Michigan 1,340 0.36 1.73 $13.53 $28,130




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 1,300 0.37 1.79 $14.21 $29,550
Michigan 1,340 0.36 1.73 $13.53 $28,130
Maryland 850 0.35 1.67 $13.63 $28,340
Nevada 370 0.33 1.59 $15.84 $32,960
Texas 3,090 0.31 1.49 $13.43 $27,940




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 2,380 0.29 1.39 $16.09 $33,460
New Jersey 850 0.23 1.09 $15.97 $33,210
Nevada 370 0.33 1.59 $15.84 $32,960
Delaware (8) (8) (8) $15.42 $32,080
California 3,160 0.23 1.09 $15.15 $31,520

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,610 0.32 1.56 $16.22 $33,730
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 970 0.26 1.24 $15.12 $31,450
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 820 0.36 1.72 $15.77 $32,810
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 700 0.35 1.69 $14.02 $29,160
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 620 0.45 2.17 $16.41 $34,140
St. Louis, MO-IL 490 0.39 1.87 $12.90 $26,840
Baltimore-Towson, MD 490 0.39 1.90 $14.44 $30,030
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 430 0.20 0.95 $15.13 $31,480
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 400 0.42 2.05 $12.65 $26,310
Austin-Round Rock, TX 380 0.50 2.42 $13.65 $28,400




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 110 1.09 5.25 $14.56 $30,290
Lafayette, IN 80 0.97 4.67 $8.93 $18,580
Bismarck, ND 50 0.77 3.73 $12.05 $25,070
Syracuse, NY 170 0.57 2.74 $15.98 $33,230
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 370 0.51 2.47 $10.54 $21,930
Austin-Round Rock, TX 380 0.50 2.42 $13.65 $28,400
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 620 0.45 2.17 $16.41 $34,140
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 400 0.42 2.05 $12.65 $26,310
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 210 0.42 2.03 $13.31 $27,690
Fargo, ND-MN 50 0.40 1.93 $12.14 $25,260




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 40 0.12 0.59 $20.13 $41,870
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 150 0.15 0.74 $18.79 $39,080
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 40 0.33 1.60 $18.09 $37,620
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 280 0.29 1.40 $17.44 $36,270
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 270 0.22 1.06 $17.31 $36,000
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 210 0.24 1.17 $17.09 $35,540
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 120 0.07 0.36 $17.07 $35,510
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $16.79 $34,930
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 160 0.17 0.83 $16.69 $34,710
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 320 0.39 1.90 $16.58 $34,490

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest / Southeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 90 0.57 2.77 $9.16 $19,050
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.22 1.04 $10.92 $22,720
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.33 1.60 $8.07 $16,780
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 1.35 $10.84 $22,550

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest / Southeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 90 0.57 2.77 $9.16 $19,050
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.33 1.60 $8.07 $16,780
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 1.35 $10.84 $22,550
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.22 1.04 $10.92 $22,720

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.81 $28,720
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.06 $27,160
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $10.99 $22,850
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.22 1.04 $10.92 $22,720
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 1.35 $10.84 $22,550


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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